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Subject: This indecision is killing me! Help me pick my next book please!
Date Posted: 9/29/2011 12:08 PM ET
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I am having a total break down about picking a book to start!  I am packing for a beach weekend and have narrowed it down to about 10 books.  Could people vote on this list, and maybe give me an idea what to read next?  Thanks – I don’t know what my problem is today! The book I planned to take hasn't arrived yet.  Thanks to PBS I have too many good books to pick from!

 

It looks like I am leaning towards a historical fiction so I thought I would poll people here!

http://www.paperbackswap.com/What-Read-Next/list/8540/

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 12:10 PM ET
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All right you asked for it! wink  Have fun at the beach!cool

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 12:25 PM ET
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Oh, let me just say that while Grave Goods is a wonderful read, I remember almost fainting at the end because I didn't have the fourth book at hand.  So..bear that in mind.  ;D

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 12:42 PM ET
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When I can't decide which book to read next.  I put a bunch on the bed and have my 5 year pick it out.  She usually picks the one with the prettiest cover.

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 12:52 PM ET
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Josie - great idea!

Vicky - I have #4 too! Thanks for the heads up!

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 1:13 PM ET
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I vote for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was engaging without being terribly depressing.  Sarah's Key is wonderful, but too unhappy for the beach, and Mary Sutter will make you constantly want a bath.

I hated The Bronze Horseman, but it is the most romancey-like read, of the ones on your list I've read, so if you're looking for something fluffier (if a Soviet winter in wartime can be fluffy), you might try that.

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 1:35 PM ET
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I voted for The Space Between Us--phenominal book!  However, I don't think you could go wrong with your list--nice list!

 

I always pick my books for the beach by which one I am willing to sacrifice if it should get wet or otherwise become--gasp--unpostable!  Wonder what that says about me?

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 1:47 PM ET
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Mary Sutter will make you constantly want a bath

Ha ha! So true!  I threw a vote to Deliverance Dane.  I don't take anything with supernatural stuff seriously, so that makes it a good beach read to me. 



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Date Posted: 9/29/2011 4:33 PM ET
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I guess Mary Sutter is out for now but you all have me intrigued!  Thanks to everyone that voted!

Colleen - have done that so many times, (picking a book I am willing to risk at the beach), one summer I took a whole box of older books to the beach that were heavily posted ( Nickolas Sparks, etc.) but then I felt like I didn't enjoy what I read that summer!  Doubt I will be in the water this weekend, the weatherman is calling for highs in the upper 60s - so I think my books will be safe!  My daughter and I both worry too much about keeping books "postable".

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 4:46 PM ET
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I loved Mary Sutter - learned so much about Civil War medicine and learning is part of the reason I read.  I threw in a vote for Deliverance Dane, too.  For something light turn to Grave Goods.  

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 6:20 PM ET
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I really loved "Bronze Horseman" (be aware there are very steamy scenes in it) so I'd vote for it.  I also liked "Mary Sutter." 

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 6:56 PM ET
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Sorry -- I can end the intrigue without spoiling the plot. The story in Mary Sutter is fine -- I did not mean to imply otherwise. It is a Civil War medical/midwife setting, though, so everything is constantly covered in blood, vomit, placentas, gore and other ... bodily fluids.  Its a good book, just not what I'd call a beach read.

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 8:37 PM ET
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Right on, Elizabeth.  The story is great and Mary is a complex, interesting character.  But in addition to the blood and bodily fluids, it's also quite dreary...nobody ever gets to be happy! So a good read, but not a good beach read.

Date Posted: 9/29/2011 9:37 PM ET
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Obviously I didn’t really pick any typical beach read books for this trip, I just finished a contemporary/chick lit type for book club and now I want to read something good!

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children came in the mail today and I think I will have to take that!  For my second book (I plan to read a lot this weekend – trip with in-laws!) Deliverance Dane is in the lead on my list but now I am thinking maybe Grave Goods.  Some of the others do sound a little depressing.  I loved the first 2 Mistress of the Art of Death.

I found Mary Sutter at Goodwill yesterday and was so excited!  I think it will be a good read, maybe just not this trip.

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 10:07 AM ET
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I recently read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and even though it was completely different from what I usually read, I enjoyed it a lot. That one, IMO, would make a perfect beach read!